A/N: First off, I should probably apologize to those of you who received a notification for a new chapter-and found that you had already read it. ;) That was an accident on my part; I got confused when trying to edit a different story and accidentally deleted the last chapter. That has been fixed (thank goodness I didn't delete the file here, so even the author's note was the same!) and now...here's another chapter for those of you who might've been disappointed by my mistake.
I'm also going to apologize for the short length of this chapter. I wanted to get this little encounter out of the way - but also, it was written at about 2 in the morning, so I didn't have much muse to put anything else in here. I also didn't want to keep you all waiting for the longer chapter. ;) The next one will be greater in length, I know!
ONE MORE THING. This story has been lacking in updates not because I haven't been writing, but because I've been writing...other things. ;P My most recent (and more frequently updated) stories are: Twisted Fate, a story about Onigumo's childhood, and my detailed version of his transformation from Onigumo to Naraku (After Twisted Fate is finished, it will branch off into another story, Intertwined, which is going to be the story of Naraku's daughter - and how she brings Sesshomaru and Inuyasha together. It will end up being a romance, so those of you completely opposed to characters having OC romance, I would either caution you to steer clear from the story...or prod you to give it a chance. ;D); Conquered, a story about Kagome as a nurse and Sesshomaru as her patient (inspired by my parents' relationship and following the dokuga_contest's prompts for drabbles and oneshots); and lastly Sweet Sensations, a story about Kagome and Sesshomaru being stuck together as partners in their cooking labs for culinary school. The last only has one chapter so far, but it will end at ten and be updated fairly frequently. Also, I have other stories in mind: a continuation of Figurine (which I have been slowly working on; I promise) and a Kagome x Inuyasha fic in a high school setting. The document's up on that one, but it is completely blank at the moment-I'm working on it. ;)
Twisted Fate is updated on Sundays & Wednesdays, and Conquered will be updated on Fridays. Those are the only set times; the rest will be sporadic.
And now that the author's note is officially longer than the chapter... ;)
Word Count: 683
The sun had not been set for long when Sesshomaru caught the familiar scent of his most important—and most troublesome—patient entering the hospital. Checking his watch, he shook his head softly before he put down his pen. His appointments were over for the day, but he had been neglecting his paperwork. Knowing that the miko was making her way to his office right now, he doubted he'd make any progress tonight.
"Kagome?" His smooth voice carried throughout the office, and soon the girl opened the creaky door slowly, stepping in. He could tell from her scent that she was more at peace then the last time he had seen her, and he couldn't help but feel relief.
Because she's a patient. That's why.
Upon studying her further, however, he realized that her scent was still laced with sadness, despite the happy façade she was putting on, even with him right now.
"Hey, Sesshomaru." She paused for a moment, and at his indication, she took a seat on the other side of his desk.
"I wasn't expecting to see you until next month," he commented lightly, completely focused on her rather than acting dismissively like he always had before. It was really strange for Kagome to think about; as reserved as the taiyoukai still was, he was immensely different from the vicious youkai who had tried to kill her in the feudal era.
"I thought…I thought I'd make a house call?" she said lamely, and it came out as more of a question than an explanation. Her surprise was evident when she actually heard a chuckle escape from Sesshoumaru's lips.
A chuckle? I've never heard him laugh before!
"You do realize it's the doctor who makes the house call, and not the patient." He raised an eyebrow as he spoke, and Kagome's shoulders sagged. He was…teasing her? It may have been true enough, however funny the notion, but she just wasn't up to it tonight.
"I know." When her scent carried even more sadness, the amusement in Sesshomaru's eyes vanished and he let out a sigh.
"What's wrong, Kagome?"
She still wasn't used to him saying her name—but she shook that off and took a deep breath, completely prepared for him to shoot her down when she gave him this little…proposal.
"I have a request," she began, her words drawn out as she glanced up at Sesshomaru to gauge his reaction. He was staring at her, waiting patiently for her to continue. She took in another deep breath, and this time it seemed like her words just wouldn't stop tumbling out. "Shippo told me earlier today that he was a youkai—which of course I already knew and it made me really happy that he told me. But…it still isn't the same. Shippo and I are best friends; we're close like we were in the feudal era. But every time I look at him I see this little kitsune that always stayed close to me, and he's an adult now—he's independent and…the same, but different." Her shoulders sagged again at her horrible explanation, and she saw that Sesshomaru was still staring at her, calm as ever—and wondering where exactly this was going.
"My request is…to see the one person who actually remembers everything more frequently." After all, even though Souta remembered everything, he hadn't actually been in the feudal era.
Sesshomaru did a pretty good job at not showing his surprise at the girl's request, though silence stretched for a few moments before he could find the words to give her a response. "Your request is to spend time…with me?" There was a hint of curiosity in his voice, and Kagome relaxed slightly that he didn't say no outright.
"Yes. You're…you're the only one who really knows what I've been through. You're the only one who knows that I wasn't in a coma. You didn't really know me back then—but, still, you remember me."
Sesshomaru glanced out to the moonless sky for only a moment before responding. "How does once a week sound?"
Kagome released the breath she hadn't realized she'd been holding, and her brilliant smile was the only answer Sesshomaru needed.
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